Miracles and Prophecies
Are they from God or from Man?
Exposing the ERRORS of Those Who Try to Explain Away Miracles
Old (already failed or demonically inspired) prophecies continue to be recycled; more and more individuals claim to have new visions and messages; meanwhile, the Ecclesiastical authorities continue to "prudently" look the other way. Once again, the rank-and-file faithful are left to fend for themselves; the little faith they have left continues to be eroded by the seemingly never ending spiritual ineptitude of their religious leaders.
This brief essay is written for those who believe in God and seek support for their faith. Nonetheless, the agnostic, the unbeliever and those who believe themselves enemies of God are also cordially invited to review the information. After all, Judas Iscariot was an Apostle, yet, he betrayed Jesus Christ (1); and Saul of Tarsus was the fiercest enemy of the Christians of the early Church, yet, he became the most prolific Apostle, Paul.
There are seemingly never ending arguments among many theologians, mystics, parapsychologists, religious leaders and the faithful regarding Supernatural Manifestations, Psychic Powers, Prophecies, etc. Some claim: "Miracle!", while others claim: "Fraud!" while still others claim: "Let me explain the miracle to you scientifically!" While others claim to have a prophetic window to the future.
Who then is right? Probably all of them!
We will attempt to present to you relevant information in a manner which will help you draw your own conclusion regarding this matter. Please keep in mind that the true pieces of any jigsaw puzzle are only those which will perfectly interlock with each other. Remember also that we are dealing with the manifestation of the ancient "creature vs. God" syndrome (when a creature wants to be equal to God). [First Lucifer wanted to be equal to God; then he tricked Eve into falling into the same trap. He has not stopped ever since, because man keeps falling for the same old trick.].
The pieces that must be forced to fit are counterfeit and should be discarded so as not to distort reality.
The Power of Faith
What did Jesus Christ teach and demonstrate about Faith?"In truth I tell you, if your faith is the size of a mustard seed you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there', and it will move; nothing will be impossible for you." [Matt.17:20]A coherent confirmation of the truth of the above pronouncement may found in Matthew 14:22-32. In this passage we read that Jesus is walking on water toward a boat in which His disciples are. He calls Peter to come to Him. Peter leaves the boat and starts walking on water toward his Master. Peter becomes scared by the wind, doubts and starts to sink. The miracle achieved through faith is broken when Peter lost his faith through fear. (2)
Further confirmation of this may be found in Matthew 13:57-58 - the time when Jesus visited Nazareth:"... they would not accept Him. But Jesus said to them, 'A prophet is despised only in his own country and in his own house,' and he did not work many miracles there because of their lack of faith".What could be concluded (*) from all of the above?That it is, through the action of man, and by the exercise of his faith, that God, through means invisible to us, performs the miracles.(*) For those who do not believe in supernatural events and for those who doubt the truth of the Scriptures: Please consider for now the above Scriptural quotations as a collective hypothesis, then, at the end, re-examine your doubts in the light of the information in here presented.
The above proposed principle-conclusion appears to be confirmed by the fact that even in the presence of Jesus, God incarnate, the Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity, "...He did not work many miracles.... because their lack of faith.", and, obviously, not because He could not, but because His Own Law demands an act of faith.
The Power of the Mind
As an example of how appearances and man's logic can be deceiving let us review what Reverend Oscar Quevedo, S.J., considered by some an expert in the field of Parapsychology, writes:"Parapsychology is a science that deals with apparently mysterious phenomena, unexplainable at first sight, but always related with a living human being who is present at the event."By intellectually digesting the above within the established framework which follows, the reader will witness how we will utilize Rev. Quevedo's own words to prove our point, which is diametrically opposed to his theory.
"What was attributed at one time to non physical (spiritual) entities, was proven by the studies of Parapsychology as being of human origin... alive and present at the phenomenon."
"Show him (man) that all of that (miraculous type of events) comes from himself, from his psycophysical energies, from his spiritual faculties and free him from his fears and make him conscious of being the lord of himself and his life, a life that should (then) be a happier one".
By Divine Decree, transmitted to mankind throughout the Sacred Scriptures, man is intimately associated with the workings of God's Creation. God, intrinsically, does not need man, but God chose to "need" man.
The Book of Genesis [1:26] tells us clearly that God, the Creator, placed man as"...masters of the fish of the sea, the birds of heaven, the cattle, all the wild animals and all the creatures that creep along the ground."Its is then quite clear the relationship between Creator and Creature; a true and fully integrated partnership.
To better understand the assignment of responsibilities in this partnership let us also call to mind Matthew 19:25-26:"When the disciples heard this they were astonished. 'Who can be saved, then?' they said. Jesus gazed at them. 'By human resources', he told them, 'this is impossible; for God everything is possible".That is:The infinite power of God may be accessed by man, through faith and in accordance to the Will of God, to overcome any perceived or real limitation in whatever circumstance he may find himself. Then, God will do the seemingly impossible (as long as it does not interfere with the salvation of that particular soul).Even the parting of the Red Sea required that Moses raise his staff: "...stretch out your hand over the sea..."
Should we then be surprised with the fact that in many miraculous events the human entity is involved as Quevedo points out? Should we be surprised that the frequency and magnitude of the miraculous events are proportional to the level of faith found in the human entity, community, nation? Of course, we should not be!
Precisely, the same logic used to deny the reality of miraculous events by the proponents of Parapsychology, such as Quevedo, proves, and confirms without doubt, the very truth of miracles and of the factors that foster their occurrence.
Once again it is proved that the key is "faith". Faith that the event will occur somehow.
A study of mystics and saints from India would shed much light on the subject of "faith" disconnected from the Divinity and connected to Autotheism (Self-divinization). It will also illustrate the negative consequences associated with Self-divinization.
Jesus Christ never said that to move a mountain from here to there required the one seeking the miracle to have faith in Him. He said that what was needed was strong faith that the event would take place. However, when our strong faith is coupled with our deference to the Will of God, then the requested miracle will not have any negative consequences.
As a scientist, miguel de Portugal finds complete coherence among the Divine Revelations, found in the Sacred Scriptures, the physical and spiritual worlds and their visible and invisible interactions and legitimate supernatural manifestations.
There is a reason for everything. All has an explanation, we just do not know all the explanations and some of them will never be known to us while we are still in the flesh. There are myriad of marvels of God's Creation that we cannot comprehend and much less explain using our very limited faculties. That is what a "Mystery" is all about.
Even if we would refuse to recognize the Sacred Scriptures as Divine Revelations on their own merits, then, through the very laws proposed by Parapsychology to explain away supernatural manifestations, the reality of the Sacred Scriptures would then be verified and confirmed. Ironic, isn't it? A miracle? Perhaps... but man persists in denial as we shall see next.
Man's Denial of Supernatural Events
Rational man is quick to discount any supernatural manifestation. Let us explore what may be behind these denials of supernatural manifestations.
The self proclaimed rational man falls prey to his own intellectual, spiritual and material insecurities:* If man cannot face God (because of his fears, which he denies, of course) he must rationalize Him out of this world.A truly rational man sets out openly, and without preconceived notions and fears, to find the truth, confident and secure that regardless of what the truth may be, he will be able to deal with it and be able to place it at his service.
* If man can deal with God but not with miracles (because they bring Him too near to him for comfort) man explains them away.
* If man cannot deal with supernatural manifestations, man will ignore them.
Supernatural Events of Evil Nature
Let us briefly explore what lies behind the much talked about, and often denied, supernatural events of evil nature.*** When God creates a soul (spirit) and grants it certain inherent attributes, the free will of the soul (spirit) remains ‘free’. Thus, these attributes may be used for evil. Once granted they are not taken away. God allows the "...rain to fall on the upright and the wicked alike". [Matt. 5:45]Biblical Proof of the above:
*** God may block or minimize the damage that the misuse of a particular attribute may cause, but He will not take it away.If the system that He created would have allowed it, the moment Lucifer and other angels refused to serve Him, God would have withdrawn the attributes granted to them and thus, in effect, cancel their evil influence in this world.Obviously, God did not!
Denial Just Will Not Work - It never has and never will
A person does not have to be aware of it and, yet, may be harmed by an individual possessing great inherent spiritual attributes which are used for evil purposes. Only those who live in true communion with God, "under the shadow of His wings" (3), are impervious to those attacks. All others are vulnerable to harm, regardless of what they may believe about the matter.
Metaphorically speaking: The denial of the law of gravity does not prevent its effects from being manifested, thus, the denial of what we have explained above will not prevent it from operating on the unprotected soul.
God also allows false "Prophecies" to be made as He has clearly shown in the times of Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, (4) while at the same time He reserves the right to drastically alter legitimate Messages from Heaven when attempts are made to utilize them to manipulate the unsuspecting faithful. (5)
Careful review of, and meditation on, Psalm 91(3) will help the faithful comprehend the pre-eminent importance of Faith as opposed to Divination and/or Astrological "wisdom."
After all ...
... the Three Wise Men, who were considered "wise" because they were the leading Astrologers of the time, came to prostrate themselves before Jesus Christ while He was still a babe. They were thus signaling to the world the vast superiority of what Jesus was going to teach mankind -- much superior to any wisdom that Astrology could possibly provide. (This includes Nostradamus' dark prophecies, which are not of Divine origin.)
To the open eye and observant mind it should be evident that there is a coherent relationship between the original teachings of the Sacred Scriptures and Miracles, which are the legitimate manifestations of the supernatural, to wit:
The infinite power of God may be accessed by man, through faith and in accordance to the Will of God, to overcome any perceived or real limitation in whatever circumstance he may find himself. Then, God will do the seemingly impossible (as long as it does not interfere with the salvation of that particular soul).
Question No. 1: Why is there such an insistent move to secularize and/or deny miracles and other supernatural manifestations to the point of attempting to neutralize the Divinity?
Question No. 2: Do the enemies of the supernatural and, thus, of true mysticism have a vested interest in the worldwide consequences that their theories, philosophies, and theological teachings will have?
Originally issued only for Worldwide Ecclesiastical Distribution on May 8, 1994.
Reformatted for ease of comprehension on December 17, 2003.
New Links added on May 24, 2006 [Feast of Mary, Help of Christians].
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